From the Publisher
"A glance at the table of contents, from storytelling and recipes to theology, offers evidence of the author's comprehensive grasp of the family. The book is helpful to the family that strives to induct its members into the spirituality and joys of Jewishness and Judaism."
from the Preface by Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, California
"Will shed its bright light for all eight days of Hanukkah, and then some…. deals sensitively with the traditions of the holiday, as well as with the variety of ways in which modern Jews attempt to grapple with the complex emotions and celebrations of the Christmas and Hanukkah seasons."
Dr. Egon Mayer, Center for Jewish Studies, City University of New York
“Children and parents will all find this wonderful resource a way to make their Hanukkah even brighter.”
Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, author of In God's Name and Cain and Abel: Finding the Fruits of Peaceand many other books for children and families
“From history to holiday practices, from rituals to recipes, brings new understanding and meaning to our celebration. An essential Hanukkah gift for every home and congregation.”
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, author of The Way Into Jewish Prayer; Professor of Liturgy, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion
"Will shed its bright light for all eight days of Hanukkah, and then some-deals sensitively with the traditions of the holiday, as well as with the variety of ways in which modern Jews attempt to grapple with the complex emotions and celebrations of the Christmas and Hanukkah seasons."
Center for Jewish Studies, City University of New York
This comprehensive guide to Hanukkah, now in its second edition, will be appreciated by countless Jewish families seeking creative and memorable ways to celebrate the holiday. It opens with Wolfson's nostalgic foreword about Hanukkahs past, recounting how the experience of growing up Jewish in Omaha, Nebraska, helped him to articulate and understand his faith-and how he has sought, through the observance of Hanukkah, to pass on that identity to his children. What follows is a fine and resourceful manual about all aspects of the celebration, including recipes, crafts, gifts, games, prayers, decorations and songs. There are even corny Hanukkah jokes ("oil's well that ends well") and whole chapters on food: "If it is a real Jewish event, it involves food," Wolfson tells us. Especially helpful is a section offering parents suggestions to help their children understand the "December Dilemmas" of Hanukkah and Christmas. (Aug.)
In 2nd Edition, this popular all-purpose guide to Hanukkah is comprehensive, entertaining, jam-packed with innovative writing and ideas, and refreshing to read. Along with the requisite What is Hanukkah? and The Hanukkah Ritual, other chapters deal with music, recipes, games, gifts and decorations. A pronunciation guide is included as well as pictures of the correct sequence of lighting the candles on consecutive nights and both Hebrew and English words to a number of songs. One entire important section focuses on The December Dilemmas: the relationship Hanukkah, by virtue of its place on the calendar, bears to Christmas; how interfaith families and Jews by choice might handle the holidays; what is respect for another's celebration and what is abrogation of one's own. Black-and-white photographs throughout. 2001 (1996), Jewish Lights,